Definition of tramp in English:


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Pronunciation: /tramp


[no object, with adverbial of direction]


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  • 4 [usually as modifier] A cargo vessel that carries goods between many different ports rather than sailing a fixed route: a tramp steamer
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    • It will appear to be just another tramp freighter, but is actually the disguised personal vessel of Lord Isloth.
    • Appropriately, he spends most of his days on tramp steamers, skiffs and barges.
    • Having transferred to an old Lebanese tramp steamer, he became the ship's doctor, treating women who fainted in the heat.
  • 6A metal plate protecting the sole of a boot used for digging.
  • 6.1The top of the blade of a spade.



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  • The deep, turquoise-green pools look as if they are bound to hold trout - and they do, but mainly old and wily browns that have survived the onslaught of passing trampers.
  • Bark covered helicopter pads and sites for parking are provided, making the forests attractive to tourists, trampers, mountain bikers and hunters.
  • Have you ever admired those pictures of trampers walking through beautiful forest, or standing on a mountain top gazing over valleys or glaciers, and wished it were you?


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  • This is a big trend in our society now, people who are really rich, millionaires and that; they dress down and look kinda trampish.
  • Yet he moved his pieces with a dexterity which belied his smelly, scruffy attire and trampish demeanour.
  • An old trampish man shuffles backwards and forwards onto the stage.


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  • Even if they managed to sharpen up their trampy image, no sartorial makeover could disguise the fact they wear their broken hearts on their collective sleeve.
  • I want the people to see that it's not a trampy scene.
  • Naturally, he's chosen the buxom, trampy monkey.


late Middle English (as a verb): probably of Low German origin. The noun dates from the mid 17th century.

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